New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

WR Chris Hogan has 4 TD catches in last three games and leads AFC with those four TD catches. Is there finger pointing among the New England players heading into Thursday night's game?

Going 300/3/0 is hard enough that some quarterbacks who have played much longer than Winston have only one or two - Andy Dalton and Alex Smith have only two, and Cam Newton and Ryan Tannehill have one each. I really care about the wins and losses and not when we play or how we play. Tom Brady completed 32 of 45 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns. The reason why the Patriots have a.500 record is that their defense has allowed 128 points in four games.

While Alexander and David are missing from the defense, the Buccaneers will get one of their most important offensive weapons back Thursday night when Doug Martin takes the field for the first time.

Martin, 28, hasn't played in a regular-season game since last December 18 at Dallas. Ward said the week off helped his recovery, and he'd know better about his chances to play Thursday after seeing how he felt after testing the hip in practice Tuesday. This will leave Garoppolo settling for a backup role again for the entire year, but things could take a turn after New England's 2-2 start. And since the Patriots' defense is definitely struggling right now, the Bucs' offense should be able to capitalize on their mishaps and take full advantage of the opportunity to notch a win. "I'm gonna go out there and just do the best that I can do, be as ready as I can be, just play for these guys", Martin said.

This game looks like a good spot for a reversal of fortunes play.

Well, the Patriots lost that game, 41-14, and dropped from 7th to 16th in ESPN's NFL Power Rankings.

So far this season, Brady has amassed 1399 yards, 10 touchdowns and zero picks, while Gillislee is sitting on 57 carries, 194 yards and four scores for the Patriots.

While it can throw out some all-time classics like the 13-9 Houston Texans victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2 of this season, TNF can also produce some bore-fests.

Winston added that, even though he grew up idolizing other quarterbacks from Brady's generation, there's nothing quite like facing the guy who's won the most Super Bowls ever. To make room on that 11-man unit, the team waived first-year running back Russell Hansbrough. Opposing quarterbacks have a 116.5 passer rating against New England, totaling 1,296 yards in the air. In their two losses, New England allowed 37.5 points per game. This one could be a shootout in the end, I'm just glad the Patriots have the greatest player of all-time slinging the ball for them.

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